Emily Nalder, an assistant professor in the Faculty of Medicine’s Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, was awarded a Canada Research Chair in Resiliency and Rehabilitation in April 2019.
Resiliency can help explain how people return to their roles and activities in everyday life after unexpected events.
“Resiliency is about doing well and how you adapt to life challenges, the idea that good things or positive things can come about through adversity or challenge,” says Nalder, who is also the inaugural March of Dimes Paul J.J. Martin Early Career Professor. “It’s important because all of us go through challenges in life and have to adapt or negotiate that in some way.”
The Tier 2 award provides $100,000 annually over a five-year term to support Nalder’s work, which focuses on community integration for people with brain injury or mental health challenges.
Read the full story by Faculty of Medicine writer Gabrielle Giroday, Faculty of Medicine Communications, August 13 2019.
“I met people who could no longer be in the army, active and doing their job. But as an occupational therapist, I was able to make them feel that they could still do their part for their country, for themselves and their families, to be ready to face their future,” says Grant.
Since her days as a student, she has continued to give back to the place where her own helping journey started. Her most recent gift provides $1.5 million for the Emily Geldsaler Grant Early Career Professorship, an endowed professorship in workplace mental health in the Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy.
Alex Mihailidis, a leading researcher in intelligent health systems and the use of technology to help older adults, has been appointed associate vice-president, international partnerships at the University of Toronto.In his new role, Mihailidis will be tasked with nurturing alliances with academic and industry partners across the globe, as well as securing sponsored reserach, support for entrepreneurs and philanthropic support for the university’s academic and translation mandates from international sources. He will also promote Toronto’s thriving innovation ecosystem. “Partnerships really strengthen the research that we’re doing here at U of T,” said Mihailidis, a professor in the Faculty of Medicine’s Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy and the Institute of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering who is also cross-appointed to the department of computer science. Read the full story from U of T News (May 9, 2019).
This full-day event was attended by 90 students. Using the LEADS Framework (Lead Self, Engage Others, Achieve Results, Develop Coalitions, Systems Transformation), 12 occupational therapists affiliated with the MScOT program facilitated a series of intensive group sessions aimed at guiding students in the development of skills and plans for their own leadership journey as practicing occupational therapists. The final event of the day featured an inspiring panel of new graduates who shared their leadership experiences in their nascent professional practice. All in all, the day was exciting, empowering and inspiring.
The Workshop was supported through a generous donation from Irene Vrckovnik (BScOT ’83, MScOT ‘17).
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Second year MScOT students received out-of-the-classroom hands-on training as Bridgepoint’s Occupational Therapy team and Seating Clinic – in collaboration with Bridgepoint’s Academic Office – hosted a hands-on learning session about mobility devices for older adults. This opportunity was part of the OCT1272 (Older Adults) lab. Read more.
You are invited to hear Visiting Professor Dr. Hwan Kim (Daegu University, South Korea) speak at Rehab Rounds on May 2, 2019. His talk is titled “Current Issues on Disability and Rehabilitation in North Korea”. Check the events calendar for full details.
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Toronto Cathay Lions Club Scholarship in OT
This award recognizes the student who obtained the highest standing in the first year of the program. This year’s recipient is Martina Sykula.
Isobel Robinson Award
This award recognizes Ms. Robinson’s (Director of OT Program, 1967-1981) contribution to U of T, and is presented to the student who obtains high academic standing in the first year of the program with strong fieldwork evaluations. This year’s recipient is Laura van Daele.
Eleanor B. Krangle Award in Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy
This award will be given to a student in the Department who demonstrates socially conscious contributions to the University community. This year’s recipient is Janany Jeyasundaram.
Peter Rappolt Family Scholarship in Occupational Performance and Wellbeing
This award supports new research in occupational science and occupational therapy, focused on mental health, developmental delay, caregiving, community integration, cognitive assessments and interventions, environmental adaptations, translating research evidence into practice, or examining how the health and social systems can meet complex needs. This year’s recipients are Amy Yang and Martina Sykula.